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As I begin to reflect on our Easter Season, and our upcoming events this month, we can be so very thankful for the opportunity to share in this wonderful church community.  The tragedy that once again has us devastated at the hate-crime shooting at the Chabad of Poway, reminds us of our need to love, and share our hearts with one another and certainly those affected by this terrible incident. We, as one rabbi  has  shared, "need to join with brothers and sisters of all faiths in concrete action to oppose these forces of evil, to act with love, to use our strength to bring forth justice in all corners of our world and to be "healers" in this saddened period of existence."  At Spirit of Joy we are reaching out with a prayer quilt to be blessed this Sunday, for the synagogue on behalf of our entire congregation.  We will also have a special offering that will be shared with the Synagogue to meet the immediate physical, psychological and spiritual needs of the victims and those impacted.  Please make your check out to Spirit of Joy, marking on the memo that it is for the Chabad of Poway.

Looking at May we will celebrate Mothers Day with our special recognition at both worship services on May 12th.  Come and share this day with us at Spirit of Joy.  Throughout the month we continue with both worship hours, Sunday School, and Holy Communion on the 1st and 3rd Sundays.

Bible Studies and Home Groups continue.  How important it is for us to be engaged in the study of God's Word with community.  If you haven't joined a study or Home Group, plan to prayerfully consider this wonderful opportunity.

Our Youth are planning a Bingo Night Fund Raiser on Saturday, June 8th, 5pm.  This is an annual fund raiser that enables our youth to do various major Retreats and Houseboats.  Plan to bring your gift cards to share throughout the month of May.  Those gift cards will be prizes for Bingo Night winners!

Please keep your worship life active!  

See you Sunday,
Blessings, Pastor Dan
Don’t Worry About Anything?

That’s right. Philippians 4:6 says,  “Don’t worry about anything. Instead, pray about everything.” Of course Jesus has much more to say about this in Matthew 26:15-34.

So how do we deal with prayer needs here at Spirit of Joy?

Prayer Line

We have a group of dedicated, focused individuals who have agreed to pray for urgent situations, emergencies, upcoming surgeries, tragedies, etc. When you submit your prayer requests they are quickly forwarded to the group via email. Our prayer team Immediately launches into action to pray specifically for your prayer needs and add your request to their on-going prayer lists.

See Barb Dacy, call SOJ Office at 760-788-7456, or send email to

Prayer Quilts

Know someone who might be comforted by receiving our prayers in the form of a prayer quilt? We have request forms in the office. The recipient must agree to receive our prayers & the quilt, so it’s not a gift or a surprise, but an informed consent to have others praying for specific needs. Our Prayers & Squares chapter meets here almost every Tuesday. Our Heavenly Father wants to hear from us. Let us remember to praise him always, to thank him, and most importantly to be in conversation (prayer) with Him.

See Marilynn Hersey, call 760-788-7456, or send email to Prayers&



Coming Events
Mon, May 13 5:30 pm
SOJ Youth Serve Open Door meals
Mon, Jul 8 6:00 am
Youth Summer Houseboat Retreat
It's time for youth to register for Houseboats Jul 8-13. This is a life-altering event, so please encourage high-school aged youth to check it out.
Mon, Jul 22,
Vacation Bible School Jul 22-26
Spread the word: Spirit of Joy VBS is coming! Make sure your child, grandchild, niece or nephew is included. Invite your neighbors' and friends' kids to be part of the fun too!

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Weekly Activities
Meet Sunday,Wed, and Thursday through the end of May. More info at
8:15 & 10:00 am: Worship
8:15: SS preK-6th grade
10:00: SS preK-High School
Monday Bible Studies Book of Luke
8-9am begins Oct 8
6-7pm begins Oct 22
6:30pm: Women's Bible Study
Most Mondays Sept 24-Dec 17 (check the schedule)
9am: Prayers & Squares
4-6pm Kids Klub
5pm: Junior High
7pm: High School
First Wednesday
9:00am: Spirits of Grace
7-8am: Men's Breakfast Denny's
7pm: Choir
9:00am: Church Cleanup
We need your help: Please vounteer
Saturday: 1st & 3rd
8-9am: Men's Bible Study
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